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We’ve all experienced the frustration associated with acne — or at least a pimple. Acne is a condition characterized by clogged skin pores causing infection and inflammation. It’s caused by clogged glands inside skin pores. When a pore gets clogged by oil and bacteria, the body’s immune system responds by causing swelling and creating a pimple.


With our same day acne treatment service you can meet with an online doctor and have your acne treated within minutes. Instead of going to your doctor in person you can conveniently meet with a top PlushCare doctor online and get diagnosed and prescribed any necessary acne medication.

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Causes of Acne

Why Do I Have Acne?

There are three periods of life when acne is common: infancy, teenage years, pregnancy.  

  • Baby acne usually appears a few weeks after birth and can last anywhere from a few days to a couple months. 
  • Teenage acne occurs during puberty when the body experiences a spike in hormones called androgens, causing the overproduction of sebum oils. 85% of teenagers experience some form of acne. Acne varies from person to person, and at times it may feel like you’ve got it worse off than those around you. It’s important to remember that acne doesn’t last forever, and there are practical steps you can take to reduce your acne. 
  • Pregnancy is a common cause of adult acne for women, more than 50% of women experience acne during pregnancy in the first and second trimester. Other causes of acne are: stress, lack of sleep, poor hygiene, poor nutrition, dehydration.


Factors known to worsen acne include:


  • Hormones. Particularly during puberty, androgens hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce more sebum oil. This oil can clog your pores, leading the build up of dirt and bacteria that causes pimples. 


  • Certain medications may worsen your acne. Ask a doctor about possible alternative treatments today.


  • Diet is not a well understood factor, but some studies indicate that skim milk and food high in carbohydrates may worsen acne. Contrary to popular belief, greasy foods have little to no effect on acne. However, handling greasy foods in environments like a kitchen increases your chances of getting some oil stuck to your skin which can cause irritation and acne. 


  • Family history. Genetics are known to influence acne, and if your parents had acne, it’s likely you will too. 


  • Pressure on skin. The use of phones, helmets, collars, backpacks, or sport equipment can all worsen acne. 

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Acne Prescriptions With PlushCare

If you are concerned about your acne, consult a doctor about your treatment options. If a PlushCare doctor thinks you could benefit from acne medication they can write you a prescription. They will electronically send your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice where you can pick it up.



For many people acne will go away on its own without any medical treatment. But if your acne leaves scars after healing, pimples become hard, your acne is associated with other physical or mental symptoms, like depression, is getting worse or isn’t clearing up after three months, talk to a doctor about your prescription options.


Treatment Options

Treating Acne

For mild acne, face washes and acne creams may be enough.


For more serious acne antibiotics can be prescribed. Typically prescribed topical antibiotics are Clindamycin and Erythromycin. Erythromycin can also be found in an oral form. Solodyn is another common oral antibiotic for acne.


For women, certain birth control pills may help reduce acne by providing synthetic hormones that decrease androgens.


Isotretinoin is another treatment option reserved for severe cases of acne. Book an appointment with a doctor here to discuss your treatment options.


It’s easy to feel embarrassed by acne, but remember that everyone has had a pimple before. It can be hard to resist, but popping pimples is usually a bad practice, and should only be done when the pimple is ready.


If you’re going to pop a pimple, use warm water and a facial scrub to open up the pores on your skin. This will allow oil and bacteria to be released without damaging the skin, in turn reducing redness.


Practicing good hygiene, avoiding touching your face, and trying a variety of products or medication can all help reduce your acne.

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